A screening of "One Town at a Time" on Thursday, June 13 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at The West Monitor Barn as part of a summer screening tour. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Health Care Share project has become a vital community resource to hundreds of Vermont families. One Health Care Share Member explained that “without the Health Care Share we’d be in a world of hurt.” With funding from International Paper Foundation, VYCC was able to distribute over 74,000 pounds of farm-fresh produce to families who need it most.
Just in time for the start of the season, we have a unique opportunity this April to unlock a $100,000 in grant from the Gannett Foundation. Yes, that’s a 1 and FIVE 0's.
VYCC HQ: What did you learn during the day?Alum Marlee M: "There's a lot more citizen voice and involvement in how the government works than I had thought before!" Alum Nick P: "I learned how open and inviting the Vermont Legislature."
To meet our primary goals of deepening Corps Members’ experience and expanding capacity for VYCC's future, VYCC has hired two new key new leadership roles.
What an incredible opportunity and honor to be in DC at The Corps Network Conference and see so many different Corps – all with different program models, specific types of projects, different demographics, and a variety of scales from small Corps focused in a single neighborhood within a city or to a collection of Corps serving multiple states. The common thread? A focus on providing opportunities for young people to serve in our communities, learning and working together, and leaving a lasting legacy of positive change.
During the 2018 field season, supported by funding from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) youth and young adult crews completed 27 weeks of work to directly address erosion and nutrient pollution in surface water across the state. These issues directly contribute to the deteriorating health of Vermont’s rivers, ponds, and lakes and are what the state’s Clean Water Act was created to address.
With support from the Habitat Stamp, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps worked directly with state wildlife biologists to improve habitat on the state’s newest wildlife management area, Windsor Grasslands WMA. More than five years in the making the Windsor Grasslands WMA restoration project was first envisioned to restore wetlands affected by past agricultural uses. Under the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s new ownership, the health of the property’s wetlands, streams, and forests, are being restored. These efforts will benefit the entire watershed downstream.
280 individual VYCC corps members worked from as early as March all the way until the end of November on our Farm and Conservation crews. From sowing seeds, to improving state park infrastructures, to removing invasive species, to harvesting organic vegetables for Vermonters in need, our crews learned, earned, and yearned to make their communities better. Our crews spread across New York State, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and of course every county in Vermont.